You’d think that with this being our 50th podcast we’d be celebrating in some way but YO, fuck that noise. We’ve barely even started. There’s way too much geekiness that we haven’t gotten to yet so there’s no reason to prematurely congratulate ourselves on some false achievement. We’ll save all that for episode #99999.
Movies based on video games are plentiful, but finding ones that are actually worth a damn are few and far between. It’s no big secret that they’re notoriously awful, but, though this subset of video game movies is relatively small, documentaries that focus on the medium have had a great track record in my experience. One very entertaining and informative example of this is “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.” The gaming community can safely chalk up another spot in the win column with “Indie Game: The Movie.” This documentary follows different independent game developers at different stages in their production. It details how these games get started and what goes into making them. As consumers it’s easy to forget that there are people behind the the games we sometimes take for granted, but as this movie clearly shows there’s a lot more to developing a video game than writing lines of code.
This is the last you’ll hear about PAX East 2012 from us for a little bit. Or, at the very least, it will die down to a dull roar. We promise, but we’re not good at keeping our promises. Sort of.
Plenty of good What’cha Been Doing action in the first half of the show, a recap of our weekend at PAX and a 5 Hit Combo that breaks the tie between Dan and Ryan for overall wins. It’s a good’un.
Arguably the best thing about download-only services like Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network and the like has been the rise of the indie game. Taking away the cost and red tape of a boxed retail distribution system has given us some gems that we might not have had access to previously, often solely created by one or two person teams.
Filmmakers James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot (of Canadian-based digital film production company BlinkWorks) have been putting together a film that tells the story of some of these games and their creators. They’ve managed to sit down with Jonathan Blow (of Braid fame), Team Meat, Phil Fish (of upcoming title Fez, the highlight of PAX East 2011 for me), Jason Rohrer (Passage) and more. That’s pretty much the Who’s Who of the indie game world right there. Hit the jump to check out the fantastic, just-released trailer.
Ok, we’re gonna do this quick. Why? Well we had to postpone recording this bad boy and I want to publish it now late at night so it’ll show up in your respective RSS feeders and what-not in the morning. Basically this week we talk all about our PAX East trip. We had a blast and once a year all get to be under the same roof together.
Let’s get on with the show!